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The IoT and the API Economy

Posted on 10.29.2014

As the API economy explodes, developers will need access to platforms to help development, testing and operations teams build scalable, reliable and secure APIs, and SmartBear Software is one of the vendors leading that charge.


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The company's newly released Ready! API platform is an "open core" API testing platform (built on SoapUI) that provides software professionals with the tools they need to build and test APIs. Solutions like those provided by Smart Bear Software will prove increasingly important with the pending influx spawned by the Internet-of-Things (IoT) as well as the continued growth of the API economy in general.

Using Ready! API, developers can set up their own projects and workspaces in one centralized location, customize their experience by building plugins, write their own test scripts in JavaScript or Groovy, record HTTP traffic to discover APIs for testing or virtualization, and gain access to data from the systems' reporting and metrics engine.

“As the Internet-of-Things market grows, MachineShop is using Ready! API to test a wide variety of conditions and parameters of these Operational Technology (OT) devices and their interaction with our next generation middleware platform,” said Greg Jones, Chief Technology Officer at MachineShop. “Testing these individually was a long and burdensome process. Using Ready! API, we have been able to automate this testing for the wide variety of data sources we support to ensure our customers the high level of security and reliability they expect from our service.”

 

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